Texas A&M football players who need to step up, No. 2: TE Jalen Wydermyer
Granted, I can’t fully blame Jalen Wydermyer for his shortcomings in 2021, as the offensive line has gone through a handful of injury-related issues and the quarterback situation has been less than ideal. That said, we still expected more out of Wydermyer.
The Aggie tight end saw steady improvement from his first to second season in the maroon and white, increasing his receptions by 14 and his total yardage through the air by 59. That said, we haven’t seen much of a step forward in 2021.
In fact, the argument could be made that Wydermyer has taken a step backwards, with just 15 receptions and 176 yards through five games. Prior to the Aggies’ loss against Mississippi State in Week 5, Wydermyer hadn’t yet caught a touchdown pass. Now he has one.
If the Texas A&M football team’s offense wants to become serviceable again, it starts with their veteran leaders. On offense, one of this team’s most experienced players is Wydermyer, who has been trying to force things rather than letting the plays come to him.
This is also a situation where we’ll likely see improvements from Wydermyer upon the return of the Aggies’ original starting quarterback in Haynes King in the near future.